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Northwestern State University of Louisiana 

Spring 2001 

Dr. Randall J. Webb, President 
Northwestern State University 

Dear Alumni: 


' n addition to Northwestem's educational mission, the uni- 
versity also has other important roles including that of 
public service. A university must do more than educate. It 
must also be involved in economic development and in other 
ways to improve the quality of life in the area it serves. 

Northwestern has a number of programs and services which assist people 
throughout the country. 

The University hosts the National Center for Preservation Technology and 
Training, a unit of the National Park Service. The National Center is an interdis- 
ciplinary effort by the National Park Service to enhance the art, craft and science 
of preservation and conservation. 

Northwestern is also home to the Louisiana School for Math, Science and the 
Arts. The Louisiana School was one of the first schools of its kind in the country 
and provides outstanding educational opportunities for many of this state's bright- 
est young people. This school has a solid record of achievement and benefits from 
being on our campus. 

The University serves Natchitoches and surrounding communities through in- 
novative programs to encourage economic development. NSU has an active Small 
Business Development Center. The SBDC helps business owners through counsel- 
ing and seminars designed to help them make their businesses more successful. 

Northwestern also works with local business and industry including Alliance 
Compressors and ConAgra to provide training and classes that can help their work- 
ers gain knowledge and become more productive. The University has also devel- 
oped an effective job training and welfare-to-work program that has made a posi- 
tive difference in the lives of those who have taken advantage of this opportunity. 

Students at Northwestern also take an active role in the community by orga- 
nizing food drives during the holidays and blood drives throughout the year. Fac- 
ulty and staff volunteer their time serving in local civic clubs and charities that 
improve the communities we serve. 

I know many of you are active in your communities. I appreciate what you do 
to help others in the place you live and all you do to assist Northwestern. 

Chris Maggio, Director 
Alumni Affairs 

Fellow Northwestern Graduates and Friends: 

As we move into the springtime, your Alumni Associa- 
tion will continue to stay active and busy promoting 
your alma mater. We will host several events throughout 
the state and region including receptions, dinners, craw- 
fish boils, and several reunions. 

I am proud to say that it has been 10 years since the first class graduated fi-om the 
Louisiana Scholars' College at NSU. To celebrate this occasion, the inaugural gradu- 
ating class (Class of '91) will host a reunion on Jvme 2 and 3 in Natchitoches. For over 
a decade now, the Scholars' College has attracted bright, intellectually curious stu- 
dents to the University and has produced a highly successful group of alumni. So, it is 
with much anticipation that we welcome back these distinguished alumni. 

Another major highlight of the semester for the alumni office is the "Golden 
Jubilee Weekend." In conjunction with the spring commencement ceremonies, 
we will honor the class of 1951. We expect nearly 100 graduates to come back 
"home" to celebrate their anniversary along with the 600-1- spring 2001 graduates 
who will become one of the nearly 80,000 graduates of Louisiana State Normal 
School, Northwestern State College, and now Northwestern State University. 

We will again host receptions in the homes of our alumni recognizing prospec- 
tive students and their parents. These recognition receptions have proved to be 
extremely popular over the past few years and have paid tremendous dividends 
in attracting top quality students to Northwestern. I, again, want to thank all of 
our alumni who have opened up their homes for these regional receptions! 

Finally, thanks to all of you for your continued support of your alma mater, 
whether it be a gift to our annual fund drive, a phone call to a potential North- 
western student, a positive comment about the university, or getting involved in 
alumni activities, your generosity is greatly appreciated. 

I look forward to working with and for each of you! 

Alumni Columns 

Official Publication of Northwestern 

State University 

Natchitoches, Louisiana 

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Volume XII Number 1 Spring 2001 

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President Ginger Wiggins 

Jackson, Miss. 1986 

Vice President Dr. B.L. Shaw 

Shreveport, 1955,1960 

Secretary-Treasurer Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985 

Executive Director. Chris Maggio 

Natchitoches, 1985 


Tommy Chester Arcadia, 1969 

Glenn Talbert Shreveport, 1964 

Carroll Long Tyler, Texas 1970 

Dale Bernard Lake Charles, 1972 

David Morgan Austin, Texas 1973 

Bryant Lewis Haynesville, 1958 

Adrian Howard Arlington, Texas 1989 

Leah Sherman Dallas, Texas 1986 

John Ramsey. New Orleans, 1986 

Joe Cunningham, Jr. ...Natchitoches, 1984 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974, 1975 

Jimmy Williams Winnfield, 1993 

Leonard Endris Shreveport, 1974,1975 

Ginger Wiggins Jackson, Miss., 1986 

K. Michael Sawrie Alexandria, 1972 

Gail Jones Natchez, 1981, 1998 

Dr. B.L. Shaw Shreveport, 1955, 1960 

Carlos Jones Ruston, 1995 

F.Allen Horton Jr.. ..New Iberia, 1957,1962 
Jerry Brungart.... Natchitoches, 1969, 1971 


David Gunn Slidell 

SGA President 

The Alumni Columns is published in 

spring, summer, fall and winter. 


Chris Maggio 


Jennifer Anderson 


Doug Ireland 

David West 


Gary Hardamon 

Cover Layout 

Steve Evans 

Art Direction/Design/Layout 

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Northwestern State University is accredited by the Commis- 
sion on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and 
Schools ( 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097: 
Telephone number 404-679-4501) to award Associate, Bac- 
calaureate, Master's, Specialist and Doctorate degrees. 

It is the policy of Northwestern State University of Louisi- 
ana not to discriminate on the bases of race, color, religion, 
sex, national origin, age, or disability in its educational pro- 
grams, activities or employment practices as required by Title 
VI and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Age Dis- 
crimination in Employment Act of 1967, the Equal Pay Act 
of 1963, the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, Execu- 
tive Order 11246, Sections 503 and Section 504 of the Reha- 
bilitation Act of 1973 and Section 402 of the Vietnam Era 
Veterans Readjustment Assistance Act of 1974. 

K.^x X ^•program gaining status 
among nation's best 

Northwestern State's senior ROTC program has always strived for excellence. 
That quest is beginning to gain attention. The program recently gained a ranking 
among the top 20 percent of programs throughout the country. 

In the latest results, NSU placed at num- 
ber 53 out of 270 senior ROTC programs 
at U.S. colleges and universities. The 
rankings are based on historical and pro- 
jected future success in program enrollment 
and commissioning officers into the Army. 

This year, 92 cadets are in the program 
and projections indicate that number 
should continue to increase as applications 
for four-year scholarships have more than 

"Our success has in no small part 
been the result of an excellent training 
program coupled with the university's 
diverse and rigorous academic offer- 

ings. That makes an unbeatable combi- 
nation," said Lt. Col. Claton Chandler, 
the ROTC commander. "Our cadets are 
challenged both physically and men- 
tally which generates individual suc- 
cess, satisfaction, and excitement to be 
a student at Northwestern and member 
of NSU's Demon Battalion." 

Another reason for the recent success is an 
aggressive recruiting drive that extends into 
area high schools and nearby Fort Polk. About 
half of the corps of cadets are taking advan- 
tage of the "Green to Gold" program that al- 
lows former enlisted personnel to go through 
ROTC and gain a commission as an officer. 

Alumni Columns Spring 2001 / 1 

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"I really love the army and with the shortage of officers, there is 
an opportunity for me," said Klara Wright of Fort Polk, who is a 
psychology major. "This program provides everything you need to 
be a good leader. It integrates planning, loyalty and ethics." 

Wright is a native of the Czech Repubhc. She was on active duty for six 
years and has been in the reserves for three years. Her husband is on ac- 
tive duty at Fort Polk. 

"The program is challenging, but we have out- 
standing leadership," said Wright. "The personnel 
are not just instructors but serve as mentors to as- 
sist you." 

Northwestern has had a mihtary science program since 
1950 and has produced a number of leaders who have 
gone on to distinguished military careers. 

"I was attracted to NSU because of its reputa- 
tion. They prepare their students well and send 
them on to advanced camp," said Jason James, a 
junior general studies major from Longview, Texas. 
"We take two classes per week in addition to a lab. 
When it is time to go out into the field, we are 

Military science courses teach leadership and man- 
agement along with skills such as map reading, naviga- 
tion, communications and tactics. Students in any major 
can take military science courses. Those planning a ca- 
reer in either the Army or National Guard must make a 
commitment by their junior year. 
Those in ROTC can receive a scholarship that covers tuition, a sti- 
pend for books and additional assistance that increases each year. 
"After graduation, you are able to start in a management posi- 
tion," said Lt. John Conde, a recent Northwestern graduate, who 
is a recruiter for the program but will soon go on active duty. "You 
have the responsibility of overseeing people and millions of dol- 
lars in equipment." 

Conde had served in the National Guard and took a military science 
course at the insistence of a friend. 

"I tried a class and I liked it," said Conde. "This is a program that 
is continuing to improve. We are getting cadets who are more com- 
petitive and we will get bigger and better classes as more people 
find out about it. There is a desire to excel and a camaraderie that 
is like a family." 

Chandler says a strong ROTC program benefits Northwestern in many 

"The cadets in our program are more self-confident and have 
better interpersonal skills than the average student," he said. "The 
emphasis on leadership allows the cadets to solve large complex 
problems and that breeds success." 

For more information on NSU's military science program, call (318) 357- 
5157 or go to Ill 

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"It is very 
important for 
alumni to think 
about the 
university and 
its needs..." 

Melba Steeg '44 

"I feel that NSU 
gave so much to 
me, so it is 
befitting that I 
give back... Plus, 
it is a lot of fun." 

Jerry Brungart '7 1 

^^ys to support NSU 

"^ 'Y'orthwestern graduates think back on their college years fondly, and 
/% / remember hoping that the fun would never end. Many have found 
j %/ ways to extend the fun by staying active with the university as an 

^ ▼ alumnus. 

Chris Maggio, director of Alumni Affairs, sees the benefits that active alumni have for the 
university as well as themselves. 

"The most rewarding part of my job is to see the number of Northwestern alumni that have a 
genuine love for our university, are proud to be associated with NSU, want to share it with others 
and want to help in any way possible," said Maggio. "Every person is important. Some people 
choose to get involved by giving financially, others help by giving of time or references." 

Many of the alumni have found unique ways to contribute to the university. Not only will 
you see these people at every event, but many work behind the scenes to support their fellow 
alumni, the students, and NSU. 

Two of these people are the friendly faces who always greet fellow alumni with a welcom- 
ing smile at the tailgate parties during football season. David Stamey '82 and Jerry Brungart 
'71 help by barbecuing and serving up good food at the alumni tent. 

"It gives those alumni who don't get back to Natchitoches often a welcoming feel from 
other alumni," said Stamey. 

Stamey also works with the baseball team by raising funds and helping with tournaments. 

"We try to make the current students feel like they are part of the community and make their 
NSU experience a better one," said Stamey. 

Stamey, who is a realtor in Natchitoches, also feels that the university and the local alumni 
have a give and take relationship. When he is showing property to new residents, NSU is an 
important feature. 

"NSU is the best thing to sell them on because it is very inclusive of the area residents," said 
Stamey. "Alumni can support NSU by being at the events. Go to the football games, the sym- 
phony and the theatre. Money is important, that's where it's got to start. But for it to be impor- 
tant it's got to go beyond that and for you to be involved." 

Brungart is also a member of the Student Marketing and Recruiting Team (SMART). Par- 
ticipating this way gives him a chance to help recruit students. 

"1 feel that NSU gave so much to me, so it is befitfing that 1 give back," said Brungart. 
"Plus, it is a lot of fun." 

He encourages other alumni to become active as well. 

"Get involved. We're spread throughout the south and even the nation," said Brungart. 
Wherever there is a cluster of alumni, start a chapter. It is a way to promote camaraderie, 
besides helping to recruit students." 

Melba Steeg has a long history of support through being an active alumna. Steeg has been 
an active supporter of Northwestern since her graduation in 1944. She has served on the NSU 
Foundation Board and was inducted in the NSU Hall of Distinction, the Long Purple Line. 

Steeg still finds ways to contribute to Northwestern and its alumni by planning New Or- 
leans events and helping raise funds. 

"It is very important for alumni to think about the university and its needs," said Steeg. "As 
soon as I got a job and had resources of my own, I sent in a contribution each year to the 
university. When 1 served on the Foundation Board, I found out how much the alumni are 
needed to support the university." 

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Campus News 

Tommy Chester '67 also remains active after serving as the 
president of the Alumni Board of Directors for 10 years. He still 
serves on the foundation board and Athletic Association Board 
and hosts alumni parties at his home in Arcadia. He is constantly 
recruiting students from the area. 

"I think it is imperative to give back to something that was a 
very important part of my life in the early years. Even now, I 
never call and ask for help and not get it," said Chester. "I just 
have this strong feeling of loyalty. I don't back off my allegiance 
to NSU." 

Chester feels that alumni can support the university through 
a variety of ways. 

"Even if money is not a factor people can get involved. The 
alumni association is a great place to start, " said Chester. "Talk 
about our university. It's a great way to promote it." 

Rose Long '69 and her husband Gerald Long '66 can be seen 
supporting the university by attending most athletic events. They 
are an important part of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. 
They not only minister to the students, they also support them 
throughout their college careers. The Longs also open their home 
to cook and entertain many of the athletic teams and coaches 

"Because we minister to them, we want them to know that 
we support them in everything that they do, said Mrs. Long. "It 
is important to let the coaches know that they are important, 

Dan Chase '57 assists the university by hosting recruiting 
receptions in his home in Baton Rouge. He knows that when 
students see first-hand what NSU has helped people accomplish, 
an excitement for the university is created. 

"It is more personal to have the receptions in a home when it 
is decorated in NSU memorabilia, said Chase. "My home shows 
the success that I have had. That success is because of NSU." 

Chase's eagerness to help comes from his love for the uni- 
versity and what it means to him. He encourages all alumni to 
participate in local activities and reap the benefits of volunteer- 
ing for their alma mater. 

"There are so many things that would be difficult for the uni- 
versity if it weren't for the volunteers. People need to get in- 
volved, not only from the university's standpoint, but for what it 
does for them," said Chase. "For an old guy like me, it makes 
me feel a little younger." Ill 

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Several campus 
buildings to get a new 

look after renovation 

Northwestern State University will soon see the results of 
renovations of four campus buildings. The university is 
in the process of refurbishing the Lee H. Nelson Hall, 
the Intramural Center, Morrison Hall, and the Family and Con- 
sumer Sciences buildings. 

According to Loren Lindsey, NSU's Physical Plant director, 
the Lee H. Nelson Hall, formerly the women's gymnasium, will 
be better than planned. He expects the building to be ready in 
early April. 

"We've got pretty good construction bids, so we've added 
some things that we had cut out of the plans," said Lindsey. 

The women's gymnasium, the oldest building on campus, is 
to become the home of the National Center for Preservation Tech- 
nology and Training. Renovations were halted in November 1 997 
when a fire damaged the interior and destroyed the roof of the 

The Intramural Center will also see some renovations in the 
near future. According to Lindsey, the university will add 40,000 
square feet to encompass the already existing 42,000 square feet. 

The renovated building will include two regulation-sized bas- 
ketball courts, two regulation-sized racquetball courts, a mulfi- 
purpose room, new locker rooms and offices. There will also be 
two weight rooms, one with free weights and one with circuit 
machines, as well as a cardiovascular theatre room, with six TV 

A walking/jogging track will encircle the ground floor. Mark 
Deshotel, director of recreational sports, hopes that this will give 
exercisers an alternative place to work out at night or when the 
weather is not permissive. 

"I see a lot of people walking and running at night," said 
Deshotel. "This will give them a safe place to be." 

Deshotel feels that the newly renovated center will greatly 
add to the campus. Several new programs, such as a wellness 
program, will be implemented since the facility will be able to 
provide adequate space. The 2700 square foot aerobics room will 
include an inlet for spin cycles and classes. Yoga sessions will be 
scheduled in the room as well. 

Alumni Columns Spring 20001 / 4 

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"The two biggest improvements are going to be the variety of 
things to offer and the wellness program," said Deshotel. " I am 
hoping that it will increase healthier lifestyles on campus." 

Membership will extend passed students and employees of 
the university. Alumni who are members of the Alumni Associa- 
tion, will also be allowed to utilize the facility. 

Two classroom buildings, Morrison Hall, which houses the 
Louisiana's Scholars' College, and the Family and Consumer 
Sciences building will also be renovated. The main focus is to 
bring the buildings up to date as well as install new elevators to 
make the buildings compliant with ADA standards. 

Renovations of the Family and Consumer Sciences building 
will include technology-oriented classrooms, a student lounge, a 
merchandising lab, and a small commercial kitchen with com- 
mercial equipment. 

"It will be a total update," said Patricia Pierson, head of Fam- 
ily and Consumer Sciences. "Yet we will be able to maintain the 
atmosphere and warmth that we've always had." 

Pierson believes that while renovating the existing building, 
maximizing the current square footage will make the building 
more functional. 

"It will be geared to technology that we have today, and that 
is a positive thing, said Pierson. "It will also be a great recruiting 

Morrison Hall will be more welcoming since better entry ways 
are in the renovation plans. The main purpose for the renova- 
tions is to change the features of the building so that it will better 
facilitate the students and faculty. 

"It already has wonderful features, so it feels like home al- 
ready, but we are happy that it will be updated," said Margaret 
Cochran, director of the Louisiana Scholars' College, which cur- 
rently resides in the building. 

Classrooms will be configured differently so that the students 
will be closer to the teachers. Also, the computer labs and the 
foreign language labs will be larger. Faculty suites will consist 
of bigger offices and less wasted space. 

Construction of the buildings is expected to begin this sum- 
mer. During the renovation period, both the Scholars' College 
and Family and Consumer Science will be relocated to South 

More than 100 former players, coaches, trainers, and 
others associated with the Demon and Lady 
Demon basketball programs attended the recent basket- 
ball reunion. Those attending saw old friends, went to a 
luncheon and saw the Lady Demons and Demons defeat 
Southeastern Louisiana. Another reunion is planned for 
next year 



Tttftl-0 'AlMAAlO " 

Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity has a new, visible presence 
near the NSU campus. The fraternity recently 
purchased a house for its members on College Ave. 
across the street from the Northwestern campus. 
The house was obtained through the efforts of Pi Kappa 
Phi Alumni who have taken an active, supportive role in 
helping the chapter at NSU prosper. During last fall's 
Homecoming, the charter meeting of the Pi Kappa Phi 
Alumni Chapter took place. One of the first items of 
business for this group was to look into buying or build- 
ing a house. While most expected that this was going to 
be a rather lengthy process, just two months later the 
newly formed Pi Kapp Housing Corporation was in the 
final stages of closing a deal that resulted in the purchase 
of the house. 

The new house boasts a large meeting/living room, 
game room, kitchen, dining area, and a utility room with a 
washer and dryer. Six active members are living in the 
house, occupying three bedrooms. The house is completely 
furnished with couches, tables, desks, beds, a computer, 
pool table and many other extras to make the active chap- 
ter feel right at home. 

"Having a house is a tremendous benefit for our chap- 
ter," said Wes Breeden, the chapter's former president who 
is now warden. "We have a place to meet and spend time 
together. Our alumni have done an incredible job helping 
us put this together quickly." 

Pi Kappa Phi alumni have donated money, labor or both 
in buying, remodeling, financing and furnishing the new 
chapter house which will be a gathering place for Home- 
coming as well as other University and fraternity activi- 
ties. All Phi Kappa Nu and Pi Kappa Phi alumni are in- 
vited to drop by the house and meet the chapter members. 

Pi Kappa Phi was recently rechartered at Northwestern 
after an absence from the campus of almost 20 years. Four 
students interested in starting a new fraternity that valued 
public service, scholarship and brotherhood did an exhaus- 
tive search of all possible national fraternities over sev- 
eral months and chose to bring Pi Kappa Phi back to the 
NSU campus. Since that time, the chapter has grown to 
more than 30 men. The new chapter has hosted several 
events that have been attended by many alumni whose 
membership in the fraternity dates back to its original char- 
tering from the local Phi Kappa Nu fraternity founded in 
the 1 920s to the present Pi Kappa Phi Fraternity chartered 
in 1956. Ill 

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One of the notable names in NSU athletic history has been honored with the 
establishment of an endowed scholarship to benefit Demon athletics. The 
C.L. Starnes Athletic Scholarship has been set up by a donation by members 
of the Starnes family. 

Starnes, a 1942 graduate of Louisiana State Normal School, served in the U.S. 
Navy in the Pacific during World War II. After the war, he was a coach and teacher 
serving as principal and head football coach at Jackson (La.) High School. Starnes 
returned to Northwestern as director of housing and an instructor of health and physi- 
cal education during the administration of Dr. Arnold Kilpatrick. 

Starnes earned three varsity letters in football at Louisiana Nonnal and was an All- 
Louisiana Intercollegiate Athletic Association selection in football and basketball. He 
was an all-conference end in football for two years and made all-conference in bas- 
ketball for his powerful rebounding. He also threw the javelin for the Demon track 
and field team. 

He was a standout on the undefeated 1939 football team, one of two unbeaten 
teams in school history. 

Starnes was elected to the Graduate 'N' Club Hall of Fame in 1972. He was an 
active member of the 'N' Club serving in leadership positions. Starnes and another 
football player, Jimmy Steen, hosted the annual Starnes & Steen's Golf Scramble for 
more than 20 years involving hundreds of former Demon lettermen and their families. 

The scholarship is the 14"" endowed scholarship set up to benefit Northwestern 
athletics. These endowed scholarships total more than $300,000. Endowed scholar- 
ships can be set up with a donation of $10,000. 

Donations for the C.L. Starnes Athletic Scholarship are being accepted. For more 
information, contact the NSU Foundation at (318) 357-4414. Ill 


Enrollment for the spring semester 
at Northwestern State University 
is 8,593, according to Registrar 
Lillie Frazier Bell. Last spring's enroll- 
ment was 8,763. 

The main factors in the slight enroll- 
ment decline were enforcement of finan- 
cial aid requirements requiring students to 
make satisfactory academic progress 
toward a degree and the tightening of 
university fiscal policies affecting students 
who finished last semester without meeting 
financial obligations to the university. 

"Our main purpose is to provide the 
best educational opportunities for our 
students, and one way to do that is pro- 
mote tough academic standards," said 
NSU President Dr. Randall J. Webb. "Our 
efforts to implement and enforce these 
standards arc making Northwestern a 
stronger university that can meet the chal- 
lenges of the future." 

Webb said Northwestern is improving its 
student retention and had one of the largest 
commencement exercises in the university's 
history in December as 766 students earned 
degrees. Those are examples of the progress 
that NSU is making, he said. 

down slightly, 
but university 
in strong position 
for future 

Northwestem's academic programs are 
also gaining positive national attention, 
according to Webb. Thirty-one of 33 
eligible academic programs have gained 
national accreditation. Webb says the 
university should achieve 100 percent 
accreditation of eligible programs this year. 

In addition, Northwestem's president 
said efforts to create a "living/learning 
environment" on campus have helped 
improve student life. The university has 
worked to provide affordable, high-quality 
food service, to make technology acces- 
sible to students and to continually 
improve campus residence halls. 

Enrollment on the Natchitoches cam- 
pus is 5,522 students with 3,071 students 
taking classes at either Northwestem's 
branch campuses, off-campus sites or by 
electronic delivery. Ill 

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The Louisiana Scholars' College's inaugural class of 1991 will celebrate their 
10-year mark by attending a reunion on the weekend of June 2-3. 
All members of the graduating class as well as faculty and staff who worked 
with the members at LSC are invited. 

Anyone interested in assisting in the planning efforts should contact Andrea 
Thomas Elmore via e-mail at Rooms have been reserved at 
the Hampton Inn, and will be reserved on a first-come, first-served basis. 

For more information contact Chris Maggio, director of Alumni Affairs at 
(888) 799-6486 or 

Future astronauts welcome on 
Camp Discovery's "Mission to 

It will soon be time for future astro- 
nauts and scientists to gather at 
Northwestern State University for 
Camp Discovery 200 1 , A Martian Odyssey. 

The Space Science Group imple- 
mented Camp Discovery, which is in its tenth 
year, at Northwestern State University to instill an enthusiasm 
for science in middle school and high school students. 

Dr., Austin Temple. Northwestern's dean of the College of 
Science and Technology, accredits the longevity of Camp Dis- 
covery to its unique programming. 

"Camp Discovery has been a staying institution and has stay- 
ing power because it has something unique that parents and camp- 
ers appreciate," Temple said. "They learn science in the most 
practical way, through hands-on experience. 

Camp Discovery's curriculum is built around a simulated space 
mission, which is conducted in the space shuttle, space station 
and mission control simulators located at NSU. 

There is a different simulated mission each year. Along with a 
new mission, the students conduct different scientific investiga- 
dons during their other acdvides. 

This summer, campers will be taken on a Martian odyssey, on 
which they will travel to a Martian base, launch a rover, and in- 
vestigate the results of a meteorite that has hit the red planet. 
Each squadron will write and perform parts of the mission, mak- 
ing it unique for each group. 

Camp Discovery's Martian Odyssey is based on facts about 
Mars and microgravity gathered by NASA over the past 40 years. 
NASA video is combined with authendc dialog and movements 
to enhance the realistic nature of the mission events. 

There will be five sessions of Camp Discovery this summer. 
Basic camp is for students age 10-14. Dates for basic camps are 
June 1 7-2 1 , June 24-28, and July 15-19. The high school session, 
for 9-12 grade students, is July 8-12. The dates for First Camp 
are July 5-7. 

For more information about Camp Discovery, call the Space 
Sciences Group at (318) 357-5186 or (800) 259-9555 or via e- 
mail at The Space Science group's Web address 
is Ill 

The Community Foundation of Shreveport/Bossier has 
made a donation of $25,000 to the NSU Foundation's 
Nursing Support Fund. 

The donation will be used to establish scholarships for stu- 
dents in nursing and radiologic technology. Both programs are 
offered at Northwestern State University's Nursing Education 
Center in Shreveport. 

The scholarships will be awarded to students in the clinical 
sequence of the nursing and radiologic technology program. Pref- 
erence will be given to students from Caddo and Bossier Par- 
ishes, but all NSU students will be eligible for the scholarships. 
Those interested in receiving the scholarships must complete an 
application. The College of Nursing Scholarship Committee will 
select the recipients. 

Each scholarship will be for one academic year with half 
awarded in the fall and the remaining half presented in the spring. 
All recipients must meet established criteria and be in good aca- 
demic standing. 

The Community Foundation of Shreveport/Bossier is an or- 
ganization founded in 1961. Its purpose is to accept contribu- 
tions, create and administer funds and make grants for the ben- 
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Alumni Columns Spring 2001 / 7 

Alumni Events 

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The Class of 1 95 1 will soon gather at their alma mater to reminisce about the good 
times and rekindle friendships started at Northwestern. They are getting ready to 
reunite with old friends and classmates for the Golden Jubilee to commemorate 
the 50-year mark of receiving their diploma. 

One of the greatest memories is the closeness of the students, due to the smaller classes sizes. 
"We had a great deal of camaraderie," said Dr. Thomas Hennigan, a member of the class of 
1951, who went on to become a faculty member. "Everybody knew everybody." 

Many of the graduates have not seen each other since they graduated. 

"I can't wait to see all my old friends that I haven't seen in many years," said Faye Crump 
Brydels, who now lives in Baton Rouge. 

The Golden Jubilee Celebration is held in conjunction with Northwestem's spring com- 
mencement exercises on May 4. 

Members of the class will enjoy lunch, a bus tour of the city and campus, and a reception 
at the President's house honoring the classes of 1951 and 2001. 

At 3 p.m. members of the class of 1951 will again make the commencement walk to 
receive their 50-year diplomas. 

On Saturday, members of the Class of 1951 will be inducted in the "50-Plus Club", as part 
of the group's annual luncheon. The luncheon will be held in Vic's in the Friedman Student 

Northwestern State University's Alumni Association is looking to update the addresses 
for several members of the Class of 1 95 1 . Amy alumnus who knows how to get in touch with 
anyone appearing on the list of names below, should contact the Alumni Center at (3 1 8) 357- 
4144 of (888) 799-6484 with the information, or by e-mail at 

Helen M. Abram.s 
Harold Albritton 
Lois Mae Archer 
James T. Arnold 
Melba E Bamburg 
Helen Marie Belisle 
Cecil Jerome Bennett 
Thomas Harkins Berry 
Carol Joan Blankenship 
Bessie C. Woodall Booty 
Roberta Jean Bower 
Jack Preston Branch 
Paul Joseph Breaux 
Ila Harper Breediove 
Roma Gene Brodnax 
Robert R. Bryant 
Patsy Joyce Burke 
Ethclyn Wanda Cain 
Leroy E. Caldwell 
Doris Kathryn Cardneaux 
Dorothy Scott Carley 
Irene B. Cates 
Mae Ross Chase 
Elmer L. Chumley 
Annie Lee Hemphill Clark 
M.L. Cloud 
William E. Cope 
Gerald Kermit Corley 
Harry Vernon Corley 

Fannie Cox 
Mary Ruth Crooks 
Ima Jean Cryer 
Samuel Burl Dampier 
Alverna Carlock Dockens 
Donald Pierre Danos 
Lloyd Danos 
Wilson Ronda Davila 
Jo Ann DeBate 
Jewell Q. Dillard 
Mary Alice Driscoll 
Bobbie Elkins 
George Ellis Ellison 
R.E. Emmons 
Flora W. Fogleman 
Sybil Brown Ford 
Verna Faye Fortenberry 
Nora Foucheaux Gauthier 
Mary Jeanette George 
Irene Finch Gordy 
Milstead La/.ime Grant 
Aubrey T. Gray 
Barbara Elaine Hall 
Sam Alvin Harper, Jr. 
Vivian Elaine Harris 
Florence Meyers Heard 
Jettcrson Thomas Hennessy 
Miller Ray Henderson 
Mary Lou Hines 

Myrtis Holliman 

Teresa Hunt 

Emelyn Mama Hynum 

Kenneth A. Isgitt 

Belle Jackson 

Floyd W. Jackson. Jr. 

Wilda Ann Jones 

Johnnie Jordan 

Andrew Lane Joyner 

Louise Norsworthy Kelley 

Joseph Thomas Kimbrell 

Eleanor Hughes Lee 

Mary Ellen LeFevre 

E.F. "Smiley" Lounsberry 

Mary Louise McBride 

Paula Marie McDaniel 

Wilma Rae McElveen 

Dennis C. McMullan 

Laura Lou Mahan 

Bessie McCarty Martin 

Harriet R. Martin 

Angel D. Martinez del Valle 

Elzer I. Marx 

Melba Firmin Massey 

James M. Miller 

Don Arvel Mims 

Anne Wilmoth Montgomery 

Zinra D. Moorman 

Edward Forest Moreau 

Joyce Therese O'Brien 
LeJune Oliver 
Leola B. Orsborn 
Dolores Dugas Parrott 
Bemice Luttrell Phillips 
Marie Weaver Powell 
Marsene Bullock Powell 
Averille Adair Rachal 
Nelwyn Rains 
Marjorie P. Rambin 
Harold Bert Ramsey 
Cornelius LaFonn Reid 
Harold W. Rhodes 
Julius J. Robichaux 
Eulalie Marie Roge 
Katherine Nell Rogers 
Exie M. Royston 
Roy G, Russell 
Truitt C. Ryan 
Elias Wesley Sandel 
Elaine Holley Santisteban 
Judith Maquar Schneider 
Harry Y. Scroggins 
Audrey Quave Shaw 
Melvin H. Shaw 
Dixie Silvers 
Daniel D. Skinner 
Amy Lou Smith 
Graham Cleveland Smith 
Ray Winford Smith 
William A. Smith 
Jean Lashley Snead 
Janice Walton Sorbet 
Carol Delany Stephens 
LaVern Luther Stephens 
Mary Frances Stokes 
Jessie DeSoto Stroud 
Willie Pearl Swilley 
Marycarl Underwood 
Thomas Charles Valentine 
Dorothy Irene Vercher 
Rene Villacorta 
Reba H. Vincent 
Vienna Isomaki Walters 
George Elwood Ward. Jr. 
Mildred Marjorie Wassan 
Frankie Tyrale Watson 
James Joseph Weaver 
Vera Mai S. Weaver 
James R. Webb 
Florence Wilcox 
Belle DeBose Williams 
Cleora Laird Wilson 
Perry Wilsson 
Tommy C. Wimberly 
Clara A. Winfree 
Lillie Marie Norwood Yates 
James E. Yule 
Martha Lou Craft Zenter 

Alumni Cohiinns Spring 2001 / 8 

Class Notes/ Profiles 


Kathryn Gates Duett is 
currently living in Oakdale. 
She is retired and has two 

Ruth Wilhamson Welch is 
now a retired teacher of 
many years. She lives in 
Paris, Texas, and she has 
three children. 


Mr. & Mrs. William Leeman 
Woolley recently celebrated 
their 60' wedding 
anniversary on Oct. 20, 
2000. They have two 
daughters, and they live in 
Whitehouse, Texas. 


Carrie Newell LaCour was a 
Freshman Commissioner 
and a Pi Kappa Sigma while 
she was at NSU. She now 
lives in Baton Rouge. 


James Graves Hundley is a 
retired FAA pilot and is now 
a flight inspector for the 
FAA. He is married to 
Juanita Watson Hundley, 
and they live in Oklahoma 
City, Okla. 

Litha Davis Keator was 
married to Randall D. 
Keator (1939) who recently 
passed away. Litha lives in 


Edgar A. Robertson retired 
in 1982 from working in the 
lab as a chemist for Service 
Oil Company and Petroleum 
Chemical Plant. He now 
lives in Sulphur. 


Carl F. Quaintance is an 
internal auditor, CGFM, 
CFE, and CFSA for the 
Arkansas Department of 
Finance and Administration. 
He lives in Little Rock, 
Ark., and he has one 
daughter and three 


Ann Keyes Lee has retired 
and is now living in 
Manakin-Sabot, Va. She is 
married and has three 


Curtis Leo Foshee has 
retired from LB.M. He lives 
in Valdes, N.C. and has four 

Clifford Sellers is a retired 
district landman for Pennzoil 
Company. He is married to 
Helen Melder Sellers (1950), 
and they have two children. 


Billie Ruth Greer Osbom 
had recently retired. She 
lives in Beaumont, Texas. 


Martha Fortson Bienvenu is 
a Librarian at St. Matthew 
Episcopal School. She is 
married to Carl Francis 
Bienvenu, and they have two 


Elton E. Broadwater is a 
retired plant manager for 
Reliance Electric Co. He is 
married and has three 
children and two grandchil- 

Philip Joseph Collins is a 
retired principal in the 
Lafourche Parish School 
System. He is married to 
Bennie LaGrone Collins 
(1957) who works in 
secretarial science. They 
live in Cutoff. 

William Morgan was the 
head of the Department of 
Special Education for many 
years. He is now retired 
from Southeastern Louisiana 


Floyd Birdwell received his 
Masters Degree in 1970. He 
has retired as the audio 
visual coordinator for the 
Natchitoches Parish School 
Board. He is married to 
Louise Birdwell, and they 
have four children. 

Frank J. Motycka is married 
to Audell Peavy Motycka 
(1953), and they have two 
children. Frank is retired 
and is currently living in 
Kingwood, Texas. 


Gerald David Devillc is the 
owner of Deville Air 
Conditioning Inc. He lives 
in Alexandria. 

Palsy Barnes Haley received 
a Bachelor of Science degree 
from NSU and has recently 
retired from Smith Kline 
Beecham. She is married to 
Jimmy R. Haley and they 
have five children. 


Elizabeth L. Hennigan 
Barfield is retiring from 
Texas Agriculture Extension 
Services as a Rains County 
Extension Agent. She lives 
in Emory, Texas. 

Carroll Bradford is now a 
retired social studies teacher 
for Jane High School. 
Carroll lives in Devile and 
has two children. 


Doris Stratton Graham is the 
owner and president of Doris 
C. Graham S. S. Inc. He is 
married to Gene R. Graham, 
and they live in Pearl, Miss. 


Colleen M. Davis recently 
returned from London, 
England where she visited 
the St. Thomas Hospital and 
Guy's Hospital. Ms. Davis is 
an instructor in science and 
clinical specialties in 
Charity's School of 
Operating Room Techni- 

Richard Michael McConmie 
retired on Jan. 5' from Baker 
Hughes, Inc as their Vice- 
president of Marketing. 
Richard is married and living 
in Many. 


Sandra Brewer Jinkins is the 
president of Naztek, Inc. 
She is married to Ron Jinkins 
( 1965) who is a Petroleum 
Geologist with Wilcox - 
Gallon. They live in 
Natchez, Miss., and they 
have one child and one 

Charles Monroe Webb is 
self-employed as a dentist. 
He lives in San Angelo, 


Tommy G. Armstrong works 
for the Department of Risk 
Management for the Caddo 
Parish School Board. He 
owns and operates 
Armstrong Properties of La. 
with his wife. Ginger 
(Mulina "62). She retired in 
Dec. of 1998 from teaching in 
the public school system. 
They have three children and 
six grandchildren. 


Harry Kirk is the psychiatric 
assistant professor at the 
University of Colorado 
Health Sciences Center. 
Harry and his wife Phyllis 
live in Evergreen, Colo. 
They have four children. 

Helen Dupre 

Schwartzenbury is a teacher 
for the Lafayette parish 
School Board. She lives in 
Opelousas and has three 

Mickie Townsend is the 
director of volunteer services 
at the United Methodist 
Committee on Relief. 
Mickie is married to Robert 
Townsend (1968). Robert is 
the executive director at the 
United Methodist Committee 
on Relief. They have two 
children, Robert ( 1 99 1 ) and 
Karen (1996). 

Kenneth Volentine is a 
retired criminal investigator 
for the La. Department of 
Agriculture and Forestry. He 
is married to Carolyn Pullen 
Volentine, and they have five 


William L. Myers earned his 
Bachelor of Science degree 
in Health and Physical 
Education. Then a Master of 
Arts degree in 1 970 from 
Ohio State University. He 
then taught and coached in 
several high schools in 
Louisiana for twenty-nine 
years. He retired in June of 
'99. He has written and 
published a book entitled 
Honor the Warrior. 


Adrienne Dunham Bemhard 
received her MS in Nursing 
Anesthesiology in 1988. She 
is now a certified registered 
nurse anesthetist, and she is 

working for Hancock 
Medical Center. She is 
married to Ronald Bcrnhard, 
and they have one child. 

Donald Norwood is married 
to Lola Thompson Norwood, 
and they have one child. 
Donald is a revenue agent for 
the internal Revenue Service. 

Geneva Hogan O' Keith 
works in the LA. County 
Health Department in the 
HIV/AIDS unit. She has 
been married for 22 years. 
She has one daughter and 
four step- children. 

Edward Willcut is the owner 
of Willcutt Welding and 
Machine. He is married to 
Brenda Akins Willcutt, and 
they have two children. 


Patricia O' Bryant is the 
program director at the 
Department of Veterans 
Affairs. She lives in 
Mitchells, Va. 

Donna Crawford Shield 
received her Masters in 
Education on 1974. She is 
now the assistant director of 
the Criminal Justice Institute. 
She is married to Bill Shield, 
anfd they live in Bossier 

Thomas R. Tynes is married 
to Linda Anderson Tynes 
(1970). They have four 
children and two grandchil- 
dren. Thomas is the paster 
for New Light Baptist 
Church in Monroe. 

Howell Wright. Ed.D. is the 
chief of the Curriculum 
Development Institute. He is 
married to J' Ann Addison 
Wright, Ed.D. They have 
two children, and they live in 
Leawood, Kan. 


Sonny Newton Carter is the 
digital imaging specialist for 
the NSU Watson Library. He 
is married to Kathleen B. 
Carter, and they have four 

Robert Winterrowd is a Fed- 
Ex pilot. He lives in 
Collierville, Tenn. 

Alumni Columns Spring 200 1 / 9 

Class Notes/Profiles 


Louis ""Budd" Cloutier is the 
owner of Cloutier Eye Care. 
He is married to Vicki Odom 
Cloutier (1976), and they 
have four children. 

Judith Rigdon Mondello is a 
substitute teacher at NSU 
Elementary Lab. Judith is 
married to Joseph Mondello HI. 

Kathryn Lum Todd 
graduated in '73 from NSU, 
and then she earned her 
Masters in Counseling from 
Texas A&M. She now 
works as a counselor in 
Houston. She has three 
children. One of Kathryn's 
daughters, Stephanie Lynn 
Todd, graduated in 2000. 


William W. Traylor Jr. is 
married to Denise V. Traylor 
(1975). William is a retired 
nurse anesthetist. He is now 
a member of Denham 
Springs Masonic Lodge. 


Noel Benoit Barnard is the 
president and CEO of 
HyPerformix, Inc., and 
Austin, Texas. He is married 
to Dana Barnard and has two 

Sharon Feaster Duty is a 
CSR at Merck - Medico. 
She is currently living in 
Henderson, Nev., and she 
has two children. 


Patrick W. Carlyon is a 
school teacher and 
technology coordinator for 
the Iberia Parish School 
Board. Patrick is married to 
Phyllis Colvin, and they 
have one child. 

Vicki Odom Cloutier is 
partners with her husband, 
Louis Cloutier (1 97.3), as 
administrator and owner of 
Cloutier Eye Care. They 
live in Houma with their 
four children. 

Richard F. Karamatic is the 
chief operations officer for 
the Inoquest Communica- 
tions, He is married to 
Susan Karamatic, and they 
have two children. 


Mary Daniel Myers 
received her Masters in 
Special Education in 1983. 
She is now a retired 
Bienville Parish teacher for 
Castor High School. She is 
married and has five 

Alan J. Stone is the clinical 
director and president of 
the Center for Psychologi- 
cal and Family Services, 
Inc. He is married to Hilary 
Stone, and they live in 
Springfield, Mass. 


Amie Lois Clifford is the 
assistant director for the 
National College of District 
Attorneys. She lives in 
Columbia, S.C. 

Angela Hebert Eligio is 
employed as a speech 
language pathologist with 
the Escambia School 
District. She is also a 4-H 
leader, and is involved in 
church activities. 

Karen Hanchey Koelemay 
is a BSN, SM, and a CRNA 
for the NEA Anesthesiolo- 
gists. She is married to 
Kevin Koelemay, and they 
have one child. They live 
in Jonesboro. 

Gregg Waddell is the sales 
manager for Novo Nordisk 
Pharmaceuticals of 
Princeton, N.J. He lives 
with his wife, Lindsey 
Waddell, and their two 
children in Mandeville. 

Lindsey Waddell Laurie is 
the administration assistant 
for Nvest Funds in 
Covington. She is married 
to Gregg Waddell, and they 
have two children. 


Martha Carpenter Bates 
received her Master's in 
Education in 1984. She is 
now a supervisor for the 
Winn Parish School Board. 
Martha is married to Gary 
Bates, and they have two 


Donna Iilliol Hunt is the 
assistant chiet nurse for the 
US Army in San Antonio, 
Texas. She is married to 

Stephen Hunt, and they have 
two children. 

Cathy Newlin Moses is the 
table games floor supei^visor 
for Grand Casino Avoyelles in 
Marksville. Cathy is married 
to Perry, and they have 
one child. 


Janis Williams Christenson 
has recently retired. Janis 
lives in West Fork, Ark. 


Leslee Stump Evans 
received her Nursing Degree 
in '83, and then became a 
Family Nurse Practitioner in 
1990. She is married and 
has two boys. They live in 
Alpharetta, Ga. 

Kevin Wayne Lewis is the 
Buyer at Frymaster. He is 
married to Becky Smith 
Lewis, and they live in 


James Stewart Evans is a 
partner at Austin Infectious 
Disease Consultants in 
Austin, Texas. He is 
married to Debi Evans, and 
they have three children: 
Jennifer. Bill, and Hannah. 

George Gipson is the 
president and chief guide of 
Could City Mountaineering, 
Inc. He lives in Leadville, 
Colo, with his wife 
Shannon. They have four 
children, Molly, Grant, 
Cain, and Wyatt. 

Donna Moore received her 
ADN in 1984, and then she 
earned her BSN in 1998. 
She is now a raining 
specialist for Cyber Plus 
Corporation. She lives in 
Round Rock, Texas and has 
two children. 


Chuck Dupree was recently 
awarded the Coca-Cola 
Daily Advertiser All-Parish 
coach of the year award. He 
lives in Lafayette. 

Belinda Slaughter Simmons 
teaches Family and Consumer 
Science at Hemphill I. S. D. 
She is married, and tliey have 
a ten year old son who is 
named Ty. They live in 
Hemphill, Texas. 

Doris Salard Whatley 
received her Master's Degree 
in Early Childhood 
Education after earning her 
B.A. in '83. She lives in 
Natchitoches with her 
husband and four sons. 


Charlene Barton Cook lives 
in Lewisvile, Texas. She is 
married to Ron Cook, and 
they have two children, 
Nicole and Lauren. Charlene 
is the technical recruiter for 
Phoenix Solutions. She also 
serves as a School Board 
officer and as a member of 
the Youth Ministry Team for 
St. Ann's Catholic Church. 

Anita Lodridge Dubois 
received her Bachelor Degree 
in '86 and then went on to 
receive her master's in 1999. 
She now works a homebound 
teacher and education 
specialists. She is employed 
with the Rapides Parish 
School Board and Volunteers 
of America. 


Leslie Gregory Gruesbeck 
earned her Masters degree 
from NSU in 1994. She 
works for Albert Associates 
Architects, and is married to 
Steven Gruesbeck ( 1997). 
They live in Hattiesburg, 

Shavon Denise Sullivan is 
the minister of music for 
McDonald Memorial Baptist 
Church. She lives in Saline. 


Brian W. Nichols is the 
production supervisor or 
Conoco, Inc. He is married to 
Christy Irwin Nichols (1992), 
and they have two children. 


Susan Noel Sands is married 
to Doug Sands ( 1 989). Susan 
is a stay at home mom with 
their three children. Doug is 
a dentist in Dunwoody, Ga. 
They live in Alpharetta, Ga. 

Emily Salter Walker is 
teaching 8 grade English 
and reading at A.F. Smith 
Junior High. Emily is 
married to Joel Walker, and 
they have two children. 


William M. Bell Jr. is 
currently employed as the 
information systems 
manager for the Bossier 
City. William is married to 
Ann Hennigan (1992). Ann 
is pursuing her Masters of 
Nursing at NSU. They live 
in Bossier City, and they 
have two sons. 

Tony A. Bombassi and Mona 
Hiestand Bombassi have 
three children. Tony is the 
director of Unum Provident, 
and Mona is a consultant at 
Unum Provident. They live 
in Hixon, Tenn. 

Cecil Glenn Wood is a 
teacher and a coach at North 
Desoto High School in 
Stonewall. Cecil lives in 
Grand Cane. 


Andrea Thomas Elmore is 
married to Tod Elmore. She 
has been teaching elemen- 
tary aged children for five 
years. Andrea and Tod live 
in McDonough, Ga. 

Barbara Stacy Ferrier is 
currently living in North 
Little Rock with her two 
children. She owns a 
wholesale business. 


Scott G. Yamell received his 
Associate Degree of General 
Studies in '92 and then went 
on to earn his Bachelor 
Degree in General Studies in 
1999. He is now a graduate 
student at Southern 
University Law Center. He 
is married to Joann Viotor 
Yamell, and they have two 


Elizabeth Beadle Haddlock 
is the marketing communica- 
tions manager for March 
First. She is the head of all 
marketing efforts, public 
relations, and communica- 
tions for the firm. She 
recently married Rick 
Haddock, and they live in 
Piano, Texas. 

Jennifer Lee Kelly is a 
Dyslexia teacher for 
Ouachita Parish School 
System. She has two boys, 
and they live in West 

Alumni Columns Spring 200 1 / 10 

Class Notes/ Profiles 


Anthony William Finn is 
the Special Education 
teacher for 6, 7, and 8 
grade. He is employed by 
Port Arthur Independent 
School District. Anthony, 
his wife, Elke Lorenz Finn, 
and their 2 children live in 
Port Arthur, Texas. 

Anna Sepulvado Fletcher 
lives in Mansfield. She is 
currently a housewife 
expecting her first child in 

Angela Nixon Kiser is 
currently teaching 2" grade 
at Bethesda Elementary 
School in Durham She is 
married to Troy Kiser 
(1993). Troy is the director 
of marketing and business 
strategy at Peopleclick in 
Raleigh. They have two 
children, Michael and 

Laurie Coco Moreau is the 
senior accountant for the 
Bank of West Baton Rouge 
in Port All. She lives in 
Baton Rouge. 

Elizabeth Mowad Perkins 
is a pharmaceutical 
representative for Ortho - 
McNeil Pharmaceuticals. 
She is married to Brandon 
Perkins, and they live in 
Tulsa, Okla. 


David Wayne Davault is the 
Sr. account executive for 
CMI Co- marketing. He is 
also the minister of music 
for the Kelham Baptist 
Church. He is married to 
Tiffany Palmer Davault 
(1996), and they have two 
children. The family lives 
in Oklahoma City, Okla. 

Jason Graves is a teacher and 
a coach for LaSalle High 
School in Olla. He is 
married to the former Vanessa 
A. Foster of Pineville. They 
have one child, Laryn 
Elizabeth Graves who is three 
years old. 

Rose Boudreaux Lu is a 
kindergarten teacher at St. 
Frances Cabrini School. 
Rose is married to Hung Van 
LU, and they have two 
children. Rose and her 
family live in Alexandria. 

Jerry Mullins recently 
completed his first national print 
ad for Circuit City in USA 
Today and his first national 
commercial for K-Mart. He 
lives in Richmond, Va. 

Kami Partridge Tucker was 
involved in the athletic 
training staff while at NSU. 
She is now a certified 
athletic trainer employed 
with River Valley Sports 
Medicine. She also works 
with Sparks Hospital. She is 
married to Curtis Tucker. 


Joseph Max Bamett is 
married to Courtney 
Schexnayder Bamett (1997), 
and they live in Des Moines, 
Iowa. Joseph works as a 
urology specialist for Merck 

Jennifer Porche Brooks 
graduated from the 
Louisiana Scholars' College. 
She is now a calculus and 
physics teacher at 
Rockbridge County High 
School. She is married to 
Brian Brooks (1998). 
Jennifer and Brian live in 
Buena Vista, Va. 

Melanie Williams Burford 
graduated in Elementary 
Education and is now an 
elementary school teacher. 
She is the mother to six 
month old twin boys. She is 
married to Robert Burford 
and they live in McKinney, 

Kimberley Ann Curtis is a 
stay at home mom with her 
two children. She lives in 
San Antonio, Texas with her 
husband, Nathan. 

Tiffany Palmer Davault is 
the social services specialist 
for Oklahoma County Parish 
High School. She is married 
to David Davault (1995), 
and they have two children. 

Stacy Wibben Erwin has a 
degree in Elementary 
Education, and is currently 
teaching forth grade at Eden 
Gardens Elementary 
Magnet. She is married to 
Tom Erwin, and they live in 

Mike Williams 

Class of 1 98>0 

After more than six decades the Count Basie Orchestra is still going 
strong and NSU alumnus Mike Williams is helping make sure they 
still swing. 

Williams, a 1980 graduate in music education, has been a member of the 
Count Basie Orchestra since 1987. He was a band director in Shreveport for 
three years and attended the University of North Texas before joining the 
Basie Band. Williams was also the lead trumpet with the Glenn Miller Band. 

Constant travel is part of playing with a band. The Basie Orchestra travels 
approximately 30 weeks a year. Those travels have included performances in 
all 50 states and 34 countries. 

"Since I was in high school, I wanted to play the horn and now I get to do 
what I wanted to," said Williams. "The band is very good musically. Some 
of the musicians have been in the band longer than I have so we are tight." 

Williams has performed with many legendary performers including Frank 
Sinatra, Ella Fitzgerald, Tony Bennett, Joe Williams, Lena Home and Dizzy 

"At the beginning I was in awe of those people. It was an honor to play 
with them," said Williams. "But then it took me years to get over being in 
the band." 

The Band was formed by Basie in 1935 in Kansas City and burst on to 
the scene in the late 1930's. 

"The Basie Band was one of the first big bands that played 'easy swing.' 
Before they did it there was Fletcher Henderson and the Paul Whiteman 
Orchestra that was stiff compared to what Basie was doing," said Williams. 
"Basie set a standard that a lot of big bands followed." 

Williams said playing Basic's music doesn't get boring to him or the 
band. Part of the reason is the response they get from audiences who know 
the music well. 

"The bands that have been around for decades and people go to hear the 
tunes they heard when they were young," he said. "They bring back memo- 
ries. People want to hear 'April in Paris' and 'Little Darlin.' If you get away 
from that people don't know why. It would be disrespectful to get tired of 
the music." 

Williams was glad to get to work with faculty members in a program that 
allowed "me and my peers to get more personal attention." 

He remembers faculty including J. Robert Smith, Richard Jennings, 
Wayne Crowder, Robert Price, Ed Roth along with Tony Smith and Richard 
Rose, who are current faculty. 

"I learned to play from the best and was well prepared," said Williams. 

The Shreveport-based Williams maintains close contacts with NSU and 
people in the Natchitoches community he met while in school. He recently 
played to a full house at Magale Recital Hall along with the NSU Jazz 
Orchestra. Ill 

Alumni Columns Spring 2001 / 11 

Class Notes/ Profiles 

Jeane Erwin is the director 
of nurses for Highland Pines 
Nursing and Rehab. She 
hves in Gilmer, Texas, and 
she has two children. 

Kevin Jones is currently 
working for Clover 
Technologies as a senior 
video systems engineer. He 
is married to Candi Jones, 
and they have two children, 
Elizabeth Clarice and Emily 
Lauren. The family lives in 
Broken Arrow, Okla. 

Cheree' Kay Atkins is a 5' 
grade Math, Science, and 
Social Studies teacher at 
Pickering Elementary. She 
is married to Roger Atkins, 
and they have one child. 

Brandi Brumley Skains 
currently works for Albert 
Garaudy Associates, Inc. 
which is an engineering 
firm. She is married and 
lives in Mandeville, AL. 

Heath Slaughter is the 
division environmental 
supervisor for the North 
Carolina Department of 
Transportation. He is 
married to Anna Jordao 
Slaughter { 1999), and they 
live in North Wilkesboro, 

Cheryl Blalock Wheat is the 
senior materials manage- 
ment system coordinator for 
Intel Project. She is married 
to Jason Wheat, and they 
live in Cilbridge, Ireland. 


Courtney Schexnayder 
Bamett is marTied to Joseph 
Bamett whoisa 1996 
graduate of NSU. She is a 
homemaker, and they live in 
Des Moines, Iowa. 

Shawn M. Baumgarten 
received a degree in General 
Studies in '97 and then 
earned a degree in Sports 
Administration in 1999. He 
has one child, and he lives in 

Joel Ferguson is a field 
service representative and 
Mud Engineer tor 
Halliburton. He is married 
and has three children. Joel 
and his family live in 
Orange, Texas. 

Holly Renee Garcie received 
a degree in Psychology in 
'97. She now works as a 
personnel research psycholo- 
gist for the Office of 
Personnel Management. She 
lives in Silver Spring, Md. 

Stephen Gauthier has a 
degree in Physics and Math. 
He is engaged to Theresa 
Maria Yousey who is a NSU 
of '88. Stephen lives in 
Madison, Ala. 

Jane Cooley Hamiton earned 
a degree in Education 
Leadership in 1997. She is 
now a teacher at Merryville 
High School. She is married 
to James Hamilton, and she 
has one step-son. 

Matthew William Mularoni 
is currently living in 
Bamberg, Germany. He is 
the Battalion Personnel for 
the 793d Military Police 

Ashley Dean Roe is a 
specialty leasing representa- 
tive for Mall St. Vincent and 
Pierre Bossier Mall. She is 
married to David Roe, and 
they live in Bossier City. 

Tracy Mitchell Young is a 
sales manager for the Grand 
Casino in Gulfport, Miss. 
She is married to Marty 
Young, and they live in 

Devin J. Zito graduated with 
a degree in Computer 
Information Systems. He is 
now a work provider for 
Health Net Services. Devin 
lives in Baton Rouge. 


Lynee Dorene Anderson is 
currently working with an 
employment and training 
agency as a youth career 
counselor. She is also 
planning to start graduate 
school soon. Lynee resides 
in Kansas City. 

Roger Atkins is a science 
teacher and coach at 
Leesville High School. He is 
married to Cheree' Kay 
Atkins ( 1996), and they have 
one child. 

Allison M. Ayers earned her 
Bachelor degree in English 
from NSU. She works as a 
technical writer for PSINET 
Consulting Solutions. She 
now lives in Spring, Texas. 

John Brennan has a degree in 
Music Education. He 
currently works as the 
percussion coordinator for 
Piano East Senior High 
School. He lives in Piano, 

Brian Dale Brooks is married 
to Jennifer Porche Brooks 
(1996). Brian received his 
Bachelor Degree in 
Sociology from NSU and 
now is a second year law 
student at Washington and 
Lee University School of 
Law. Brian and Jennifer live 
in Buena Vista, Va. 

Robert J. Candiloro is 
working for Goodwill 
Industries of Southeast 
Nebraska. He is a computer 
skills training coordinator 
and employment specialist. 
Robert resides in Lincoln, 

Nikeo Kanem Collins works 
for the Natchitoches Police 
Department and is assigned 
to the Natchitoches 
Multijurisdictional Drug 
Task Force. 

Andrea Marie Eaglin is the 
CSR and the CBB for the 
Chase Bank of Texas. She 
lives in Channelview, Texas. 

Shana Parsons Fontenot is 
married to Douglas Fontenot 
(1998). They both attend 
University of Houston and 
are currently working 
towards their Master's 
Degrees in Marriage and 
Family Therapy. 

Robert Matthew Gillen 
works at Deloitte & Touche 
in the Enterprise Risk 
Services Group. He recently 
moves to Houston after 
getting his MBA from LSU. 

Melinda McCall Hennigan 
works for Willis Knighton 
Medical Center in Shreve- 
port. She is married to 
Glenn Hennigan, and they 
have two children, Shelby 
and Hunter. 

Michele McWilliams 
Manahan is the assistant 
director of nursing for Green 
Meadow Haven. She is 
married to Darrin Manahan 
and they have two children, 
Kelsey and Zachery. 

Wende Dianne Coker Wilson 
works for the R. Lewis Jr. 
CPA firm. She is married to 
a NSU alumni, Ryan Wilson. 


Monica Adams Baumgarten 
received a degree in 
Elementary Education. She 
has one child, and they live 
in Natchitoches.. 

Gail Odette Henderson is 
currently enrolled in the 
PH.D. program at the 
University of Louisiana at 
Lafayette. She is studying 
English with a concentration 
in Folklore Literature. She 
lives in Rosedale. 

Anne Long is a social worker 
for Willis Knighton Medical 
Center in Shreveport. Anne 
lives in Grand Cane. 

April Seegers Martinez has a 
Business Administration 
Degree and is currently the 
claims representative for the 
Social Security Administra- 
tion. She is married to Chad 
Martinez. They live in 

Kelli Elizabeth Rivere is 
teaching at Hahnville High 
School in Boutte. She lives 
in Marrero. 

Anna Jordao Slaughter is 
married to J. Heath Slaughter 
(1996), and they live in 
Wilkesboro, N.C. Anna is the 
computer programmer for 
Lowes Companies, Inc. 

Thomas Francis Sullivan is 
the director of sports, fitness, 
and recreation for the Boy's 
and Girl's Club of Greater 
Dubuque. He lives in 
Dubuque, Iowa. 

Cynthia Dorris Thames is 
cun'ently a teller for 
Exchange Bank in 
Natchitoches. She is married 
to Monte Coy Thames, and 
they have one daughter 
named Rachel. 

Will Vasquez, Jr. is currently 
a student in a Physician 
Assistant course. He is 
married and living in San 
Antonio, Texas. 


Gloria Jackson Billings is a 
paraprofessional for the 
Vernon Parish School Board. 
She is married to Bruce 
Billings, and they have four 
children. Gloria and her 
family live in Fort Polk. 

Amber Rae Elmer is a 
registered radiologic 
technologist and radiation 
therapist for Arkansas 
Children's Hospital. She 
also works for Central 
Arkansas Radiation Therapy 
Institute. She lives in Little 
Rock, Ark. 

Chad Everett Franklin is 
married to Kelly Cobb 
Franklin (1999). Chad is the 
service manager for Fed Ex 
Ground. Chad and his wife 
live in Alexandria. 

David Long is an aerial 
patrol pilot. He is currently 
employed with A.J. Aviation, 
Inc. in Crowley, La. He lives 
in Jena. 

Ryan Reed is a registered 
nurse in the ICU for Willis 
Knighten. He lives in 

Alumni Columns Spring 2001 / 12 

In Memory 

•20— Ruby Oakes Stoker — Haynesville. La. Nov. 12, 2000 

•34— Alma FInumoy Rountill — Valnco. Fl. Aug. 17.2000 

•34 — Clarence Tullos — Laurel, Miss. Dec. 2, 2000 

"36 — Annie L. Scott — Keithville, La 

•37_Hylma Ford — Natchitoches, La. Nov. 1999 

'38— Elmo Tullos — Pineville, La. Dec. 6, 2000 

'39— Myrtis R. Hargrove — Baton, Rouge, La. Oct. 22, 2000 

•40_Felicia Chennaull Stnbling — Dec. 9. 1994 

•41 — Essie Dee Young Johnson — Beaumont, Texas. Dec. 7, 2000 

•46 — Louise Rinehart Brooks — West Monroe, La. Oct. 8, 2000 

'47 — Chester Smith — Rosepine, La. 

•49_MiUon McLanahan — Tulsa, Ok. Dec. 14, 2000 

'50 — Geneva Johnson Graham — Springhill, La. 

'51— Hubert E. Belisle — Baton Rouse, La. Sept. 16, 2000 

'51 — Tommie H. Sylvester — Marshall, Texas May 17, 2000 

'52 — Barbara Jean Guynn — Lafayatte, La. Sept. 9, 2000 

'53— Johnny P. Johnston — Benton, La. Aug. 27, 2000 

'54 — Bemadette Chatelain — Moreauville, La 

'56— Burke Adam Brunet — Basile. LA. 2000 

'56 — Denise Chatelain — Moreauville, La 

'57 — Thurmon O. Trotti — Barkway, England. Aug. 31, 2000 

'58— Theo W. Jones — Martin, La. Oct.27, 2000 

'62 — Clarene Prewitt Carson — Sulphur, La. 

'64 — Samuel Joesoph Odom — MansTield, La. Jan. IX, 2001 

'65— Carroll Jinks Coleman — Baton Rouge, La. Oct. 20, 2000 

'86 — Susan E. Feazel 

'88— Dr. Kay W. Hickman Terry — Oct. 12, 2000 

'88— Tom Woodward — 1999 

Ms. Mattie Barron — Monroe, La. 

Richard "Dick" Brown — Natchitoches, La. 

Mr. Victoria V, Caponi — Deridder, La. 

Eugene Christmas — Robeline, La. Jan. 12,2001 

Sylvia D'gerolamo — Harahan, La. Aug. 18,2000 

Feddie Goddman 

Ella Howard Hamiter — Shreveport, La. Jan. 2, 2001 

Bobby Joe King, Sr. — Shreveport, La. Nov. 12,2000 

J.D. Montgomery — Dec. 3, 2000 

Sylvan Sibley — Natchitoches, La. 

C.E. 'Pete" Tullos — Laurel, Miss. Dec. 2, 2000 

Elmo "Buster" Tullos — Pinnville, La. Dec. 6, 2000 

Bobby Ray McHalffey — Bossier City, La. Dec. 2000 

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